The Noosa Fishing Report

As at Friday March 17, 2017.
Brought to you by... Davo's Tackle World Noosa
OFFSHORE: A bit of a mixed bag this week as far as the offshore brigade was concerned. Light variable winds at the beginning and end of the week, with a few days of moderate to fresh (15 to 20 knot) easterlies, sloppy seas and, at times, heavy rain in between. The good news? There was no downtime (although a couple of days were marginal), the bar was quite straight forward on most days and the tuna were in the bay and on the local reefs in numbers. And they were very active.
Northern Bluefin or Longtail Tuna
The longtails were all over the place, in fact, with good catches reported up at Double Island Point (along with yellowfin tuna, moses perch, grass sweetlip, pearl perch and venus tusk fish) and at The Hards. Report and photo from Wild Thing 2 skipper Paul Glover... "Hey mate. We fished The Hards on Monday. We had 15 to 20 knot NNW winds and a current screaming from the north. We boated squire, venus tusk fish, coral bream, hussar, sargent baker and, as per above, longtail tuna."
Coral Trout
Closer in, North Reef was the spot for moses perch, hussar, grass sweetlip, venus tusk fish and slate bream but the real performer this week was Sunshine Reef which produced lots of Spaniards in the latter half of the week, heaps of longtails plus grass sweetlip, squire, coral trout, gold spot cod, hussar and venus tusk fish.
Report and photo from Chicko Vella, Davo's Tackle World..."Hi Bill. We packed the boat for an early run Sunday morning. With red trout all over last weeks report, decided to make a couple of withdrawals. After jigging up a few live baits, we attacked Sunshine Reef, only to find it biting back. The trout were blowing us away. My mate John Robertson (above) landed three, along with some grass sweetlip and a few good size parrot. No current. The Northerly blew us home. Cheers, Chicko."
Coral Trout Northern Bluefin or Longtail Tuna
And Mike Crowther (above) motored out to Sunshine Reef on Sunday in his three metre runabout and came back with this thumper 63cm coral trout. Great colour on that fish. It went, by the way, for a half pilly bait. He didn't mention what else he caught but a fish like that would overshadow a bin full of pan size reefies any day.
The tuna (mack and longtail) were on the boil not far from the river mouth and throughout Laguna Bay most of the week. Sarah Parkes (above) was out there with a couple of friends on Sunday morning when they fired up. Cast metal slug lures got best results and Sarah landed her two longtails despite feeling a tad sea sick.
Northern Bluefin or Longtail Tuna.
The longtails were also busting up in the bay on Wednesday and local angler Ben Lavender (above) managed to pick this one out of a boil with a well cast 30gm slug.
Note: The tuna have apparently been going mad for Nomad Dartwing surface lures, so much so that Davo's were cleaned out have placed an urgent stock re-order.
Spanish MackerelCobiaDavo's Chasebaits Fish of the Week.
Ignoring the tuna boils in the bay on Thursday morning, Paul Grenfell (above) opted to troll for mackerel around Jew Shoal. After about an hour he hadn't even had a touch so he dropped the pick (it was near high tide by then) and put out one garfish and one pilchard floater into a well laid berley trail. An hour or so later he had two Spaniards, one spotty and a cobia in the bin and was on his way home. His impressive catch took out this week's $100.00 Davo's/Chasebait Fish of the Week prize.

ESTUARY: The bread and butter species were certainly out and about this week, despite the murk from the recent rains. The river mouth worked well towards the top of the tide (when the murk line was better defined) with trevally, flathead, bream and biting on the bite. Peter Gillooly from Melbourne (below) caught his 65cm flathead near the mouth on Wednesday morning's Noosa River Fishing Safari. It went for a whole whitebait. The tailor and jacks were on the prowl down there after dark.
Flathead
Just up from the mouth, the Frying Pan area was good for bream, tarwhine and flathead. Julian Troiano from Melbourne (below left) caught his 68cm flathead in the Frying Pan area on Tuesday morning's Noosa River Fishing Safari. It also went for a whole whitebait. Further along, the Woods Bays and the Munna Point stretch produced bream, javelin fish, trevally and flathead. From Jason Skinner, below right... "Hi there. Got this girl on the last of the run-out on Saturday afternoon. Trolled up in the Munna Point area on a Bagley hard body. Cheers, Jason." He also caught and released a thumper 88cm specimen later that night, but that's another story.
Flathead Flathead
Another flathead hot spot was Lake Weyba with local yak anglers doing well on the lizards there by trolling shallow divers towards the top of the tide. Upriver, whiting were responding well to live worms along the bottom of Gympie Terrace while a bit further up it was trevally (in numbers) and flathead going for fresh mullet strip baits.
Mangrove Jack Shovel Nose Ray
Tewantin was still worth a look with the odd mangrove jack on the bite at night. Mark Greentree sent in this photo, above left, and brief report... "My boy Beauden caught this 38cm jack at Tewantin on Saturday night on a live herring. It was the last of the run in tide." And Wayne Short (above) caught and released this shovel nose ray at the Noosa Marina on Wednesday. It went for a mullet strip bait. Apart from that, big eye trevally were responding to soft plastics at night opposite the Council chambers and tailor were active up towards Lake Cooroibah. John 'W' from the UK popped into Davo's for a chat with Dave Crothers the other day and related his tale of catching a few chopper tailor up there using a Sugapen surface lure earlier in the week. One of his fish, to his dismay, was taken by a bull shark, lure and all before he could boat it. About and hour later, however, John spotted his lure drifting downriver with the current so was able to return it to his tackle box. No worries.

Got a few minutes to spare? Well, sit back and enjoy a drone flyover of the lower estuary and Noosa Sound (below) which we filmed earlier this month.

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